The John Hoyle Cup donated to Winter League

The family of the late John Hoyle have decided to make a permanent memorial to his memory by the donation of a new trophy to be awarded annually to the winner of the new Winter League. This will commemorate John's heavy involvement in local bowling in the most fitting and perpetual manner. We are very grateful to the family for this gesture of support for our new competition.

John passed away earlier this year after just taking over the position of HDVBA President after serving on the Management Committee for six years, the last four years as General Secretary. The family hope to organise a Memorial Service for John next March to allow his many friends to mark his passing which they were unable to do in the traditional manner because of the lockdown situation at that time.

In another boost for the Winter League a most generous cash donation has been made to the new competition by Tony Lockwood of Lowerhouses. This will provide support for the start-up costs and the prize fund for Year 1. Tony's persistence in cajoling key individuals to start the League has been a major factor in its formation today.

Twelve teams from 10 clubs have already put their names forward to be members of the League in its first season although nothing can be confirmed until the BCGBA guidance is updated to reflect the Government changes to the lockdown and social distancing rules. The League hopes to be up and running by October and possibly by September if circumstances allow.

Those 12 teams are Springwood, Milnsbridge, Marsh United, Huddersfield Recreation Club (2 teams), Lowerhouses (2 teams), Denby Dale, Kirkheaton Con, Meltham, Thorpe Green and Lindley BC. The clubs met last week and in a momentous moment decided to invite lady bowlers to compete in the League.

Expressions of interest are now invited from other teams interested in joining the League for its inaugural season although there can be no guarantees that places will be available to all, or even to any, until the updated BCGBA guidance becomes available but hopes are high that we could stretch to an opening season with 16 teams in competition. A record is being kept of the order of application so in the event of reduced numbers applying that will be determined on a first-come-first-served basis. If your club is interested it is best to register it quick to get your name on the waiting list.

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